Can the amount of sugar in pickle recipes be reduced?
Sugar contributes to the flavor and texture of pickles. High amounts may have a preservative effect. Spoilage and/or textural changes may result if the amount of sugar is reduced in brined or fermented pickles. Sugar may be reduced somewhat in quick pickles since in small amounts it has no preservative effect. However, flavor and texture may be affected.
Source: "Food Features" June '83
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009